Garden Hints for November
With November starting we draw near the end of the gardening year. We can start looking at catalogues for next year’s vegetables etc.
Leeks and some of the cabbage family will still near harvesting but most of the crops are finished. It is worth keeping old foliage and such clear around the plants so as to not make homes for slugs and snails. Some folks will spread compost or manure on the ground to allow the worms to draw it down, others will dig it in, we all have our own ideas about what is best. I have never and will not claim to know what is best but you do what suits you and your ground.
Dahlias will have been frosted by now, if the weather is normal, so if I just say what we used to do as things change . My wife and I used to grow about 200-300 dahlia plants so we could sell the blooms and for many years I would lift some of each variety, remove any loose soil ,cutting the tops to about 6 inches ad then store them in a frost free place which is not too warm. In the spring I would remove the then dry soil , divide the tubers and replant, Many will wash all the soil off , store in peat etc. but I never worried too much about this. My sweet peas will now be singled out into root tubes to wait being planted next spring. Daffodils and narcissi will be coming on and will need keeping clear of weeds etc. they are perfectly hardy so do not need any protection. They flower from February till May so please do not worry about early ones showing.
Apart from removing any large collections of leaves I think lawns are best kept off at this time of year.
The last photos added May 23rd still growing well. Top photo taken July 24th onions lifted to dry.
Thse are my first bunch picked 25th May which is right as I usually pick chelsea week.
I went to my allotment this morning to check after hard frost. pleased to see sweet peas still looking good. They were sown on 8th October last year.
I have just singled the sweet peas into root trainers, there are 51 from 50 purchased seeds. They always allow one or two extras.
The second picture taken on Jan. 6th show sweet peas breaking with out being stopped , they are been outside ever since they were put into root trainers
My latest picture taken on March 28th shows plants now, planted hoping weather stays good.
Onion sets just starting to show, I plant well down in the soil so that no trouble with birds, having got rid of white rot I get a good crop.
It has been a bad year for me with sweet peas, I decided to try saving my own seed last year and this has been very reasonable but when I planted the plants back in March , the very next day we had storm Katie. This almost blew them out of the ground but enough survived to amke best part of a row. As they came into flower I had bud drop plus a spell in hospital, this meant I had to let the plants go for about a week meaning bent stems. However when show day came I managed one vase of ten, these were good enough to bet best in show so I still hold the cup which I forst won 42 years ago. I have not had it every year but will keep trying.
These are 3 of my seedlings that I have registered and named over the years. I have had prizes at London shows with them including "Best" in section with Ann's Blush. We also have Molly Ann named after our grand daugther
|Now ready to plant early March|